Dominican Republic Health Officials Raise Alerts About Possible Cholera Outbreaks

Health authorities have raised alerts in 17 “mainly poor” neighborhoods in the Dominican Republic capital of Santo Domingo after 16 people were hospitalized with suspected cholera, BBC News reports (5/17). Fourteen people have died of the disease and 750 cases have been recorded in recent months, according to the Associated Press/Fox News Latino, which also reports on some of the prevention efforts. “Health workers and epidemiologists were dispatched to the affected neighborhoods to search for people with symptoms of the waterborne disease and distribute disinfecting supplies” (5/17).